People in the community are generally quite a friendly bunch but now and again the green eyed monster can creep up on you when you find that a fellow user group has managed to get an absolutely great speaker and this one is no exception.
Our good friend Guy Smith-Ferrier has managed to secure a session with Oren Eini (aka Ayende Rahien), the founder of Rhino Mocks and major contributor to Castle and NHibernate, over at the .NET Developer Network in Bristol. This has come at relatively short notice as Oren is only around for the next couple of weeks. The event takes place on Monday 13th October, more details can be found here.
The session details are as follows:
"Producing Production Quality Software" Abstract:
Working software is no longer the only thing that we need to produce. We need to create a software system that has a chance of surviving in the cruel world of production system, outside the clean room and sterile environment of development and QA. Understanding bottlenecks in the system, preventing cascading failures and recovery strategies have ceased being the problems of the very high end players. With the cost of system downtime being measures in $$$/second, this is an area we have to consider all the way. In this talk we will cover how we can map common weaknesses in the system design, preemptively protect ourselves from them, and produce software systems that can withstand the real world hostile environment.
"Interaction based testing with Rhino Mocks" Abstract:
Beyond the simplest scenarios, all objects had collaborators that they work with. This flies in the face of testing objects in isolation. This is the problem that mock objects were created to solve. In this talk you will learn what mock objects are, how to utilize them and best practices on when / how to utilize them. Rhino Mocks is a mock objects framework for .Net whose core goals are to let the developer rely on the compiler work well with refactoring tools.
Seriously, if you want to hear from a person whom many consider a legend in our industry and you can make it to Bristol on that day, this would be one not to miss!